Privacy Policy

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants respects the personal information of its membership and visitors to both the picpa.org and picpa.com websites. We know you are concerned about the confidentiality and security of your financial and other personally identifiable information you provide to us. PICPA makes every effort to protect and use such information responsibly and appropriately.

Online Privacy Policy Only
This privacy policy applies only to our online activities and is valid for visitors to our website and regarding information shared and/or collected there. This policy does not apply to any information collected offline or via channels other than this website.

Consent
By using our website, you hereby consent to our privacy policy and agree to its terms.

Information Collection

From Visitors: PICPA does not collect any personally identifiable information from general visitors to our websites. Like many other Web sites, www.picpa.org makes use of log files. These files merely logs visitors to the site - usually a standard procedure for hosting companies and a part of hosting services's analytics. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. This information is used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

From Members or Customers: To process certain requests from members or customers (such as, registration for CPE programs, renewal of membership, updates to personally identifiable information, and other services) PICPA collects only the appropriate information needed to process the request voluntarily from the user. Some of the information that may be voluntarily collected to process the request can include contact information (name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and membership number) and for online purchasing of products or services financial information may include credit card number and expiration date. At no point does the PICPA collect any of this information in an involuntary manner.

Information Use

General Visitors: All information collected from general visitors to the sites is anonymous and does not contain any personally identifiable information. This information is used in an effort to analyze trends so we can continue to improve upon the content and services we offer on our websites.

Nonmember Customers: All information collected from nonmember customers is used to process certain voluntary requests made from such nonmember customers (such as, registration for CPE programs, updates to personally identifiable information, and other services or products). PICPA collects only the appropriate information needed to process the request. Some of the information that may be voluntarily collected in order to process the request can include contact information (name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address) and for online purchasing of products or services financial information may include credit card number and expiration date. The contact information is collected for billing purposes and to contact the user if a problem should arise with their purchase or service request.

For certain areas of the site, a user name and password are required. We require this information to provide for automation and ease of use with the CPE registration and/or purchasing process for the customer. To change or update the information located in these areas or delete this information from the website please contact us by e-mail, postal mail, or fax at the address listed in the PICPA Contact Address section in this privacy policy. This information is kept confidential by PICPA and is not sold to any third party. Access to certain documents require submission of forms. This information is used solely to personalize users web and e-mail experience.

PICPA Members:To process certain requests from members (such as, registration for CPE programs, renewal of membership, updates to personally identifiable information, and other services) PICPA collects only the appropriate information needed to process the request voluntarily from the user. Some of the information that may be voluntarily collected in order to process the request can include contact information (name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and membership number) and for online purchasing of products or services financial information may include credit card number and expiration date. At no point does PICPA collect any of this information in an involuntary manner.

For certain areas of the site a user name and password are required. We require this information to provide for automation and ease of use with CPE registration, renewal of membership, updates to personally identifiable information, and other services that are provided on our site for PICPA member only use.

Third Party Disclosures

PICPA does not disclose or release any personally identifiable information to any third party, with the following exceptions:

  • PICPA may disclose confidential information if made in response to a valid order of a court or authorized agency of government and will work to establish a legal means to limit such disclosure and only disclose that segment of confidential information which counsel advises must be disclosed.
  • PICPA may disclose personally identifiable information to authorized PICPA affiliates that have been approved by PICPA Council to provide certain programs and/or services to PICPA membership.
  • In an effort to facilitate networking among the PICPA membership, PICPA makes member contact information, firm affiliation, committee appointments, and other types of personally identifiable information available to members only on password-secured areas on its websites. These areas include the Online Membership Directory, Officer & Committee Directory, past participant list (on CPE history report) and others. Members have the ability to change or update the information located in these areas or completely opt out of the directories by going to the My Account section on the Web site and submitting a request to be excluded, or contacting us by e-mail, postal mail, or fax at the address listed in the PICPA Contact Address section in this privacy policy.
  • PICPA rents its membership mailing list in the form of peel and stick labels or an electronic excel file to third parties for a one-time use per rental. The information contained in the list includes member name and the preferred member mailing address PICPA has stored in our database. E-mail addresses and telephone numbers will not be included. Members have the ability to be excluded from third-party mailings and to change their preferred mailing address by going to the Personal Profile page in the My Account section of the website, or by contacting us via e-mail, postal mail, or fax at the address listed in the PICPA Contact Address section in this privacy policy.

Links to Other Websites and Online Advertisements

PICPA websites picpa.org and picpa.com contain links and/or advertisements that link to other sites that have been provided for your ease of use.

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include ....... 

  • Google

While each of these advertising partners has their own Privacy Policy for their site, an updated and hyperlinked resource is maintained here: Privacy Policies.
You may consult this listing to find the privacy policy for each of the advertising partners of www.picpa.org.

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology in their respective advertisements and links that appear on www.picpa.org and which are sent directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) may also be used by our site's third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and/or to personalize the advertising content that you see on the site.

www.picpa.org has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by PICPA. Your use of any third-party websites is at your own risk and we encourage our users to read the terms and conditions of use and privacy policy for each site they may use. This privacy policy applies solely to the information collected and displayed on the PICPA websites picpa.org and picpa.com.

Cookies

What is a cookie? 

www.picpa.org uses cookies to store information about visitors' preferences, to record user-specific information on which pages the site visitor accesses or visits, and to personalize or customize our web page content based upon visitors' browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

→ Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on www.picpa.org.
→ Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our site's visitors based upon their visit to www.picpa.org and other sites on the Internet. 
→ Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL - http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

Why do we need cookies? Cookies on the PICPA site are used to enable enhanced features, such as the CPE Shopping Cart, member login process, My Membership, and others. They also allow us to customize certain areas on the site based on the user's interests.

Will cookies compromise my privacy? We want to assure you that we are committed to protecting your confidentiality and do not store any personally identifiable or financial information in any of the cookies on our sites. All of the cookies on our sites are known as persistent cookies. This type of cookie will remain on the users machine for 90 days. If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers website.

E-mail Discussion Groups

As an added member benefit, PICPA offers a collection of e-mail discussion groups to its members in an effort to facilitate general communication, sharing of ideas, and networking opportunities between members. When you post a message to any of the discussion groups our system will automatically attach your name and e-mail address to the message. This is done to facilitate communication between members if they choose to respond to the individual who posted the message rather than the whole discussion group.

Even though PICPA staff will periodically review the content posted to the discussion groups, PICPA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on the sites by others. If you elect to post any personal information to any of the discussion groups, by nature of the service, all such information will be shared with all members of the discussion group to which the message was posted.

Security

Secured Pages: PICPA makes certain types of information available to its membership by means of secured pages of its website. Access to these pages is restricted by means of a user name and password that the PICPA disseminates to the appropriate individuals.

PICPA members are responsible for keeping his/her logon information secure and should never share this information with any other individual with the exception of current PICPA staff when the need should arise.

Order Processing: All personally identifiable financial information that is voluntarily collected on our website is done using the industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 2048bit encryption and supports the highest level protocol by modern browsers (TLS 1.2). Access to this information is protected from outside intrusion and our employees are not permitted to disclose (to outside individuals or organizations) any information they have access to as a result of their work.

We offer other convenient ways for our members and customers to purchase goods or services from us. If you do not want to place your order online please contact us by e-mail, postal mail, or fax at the address listed in the PICPA Contact Address section in this privacy policy for other options regarding order processing, or other services we offer on our website.

Children's Information
We believe it is important to provide added protection for children online. We encourage parents and guardians to spend time online with their children to observe, participate in and/or monitor and guide their online activity. www.picpa.org does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If a parent or guardian believes that www.picpa.org has in its database the personally-identifiable information of a child under the age of 13, please contact us immediately (using the contact in the first paragraph) and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

If you have any questions regarding the security of our sites please contact us by e-mail, postal mail, or fax at the address listed in the PICPA Contact Address section in this privacy policy.

Policy Changes

As our website changes and the types of services we offer continue to expand, our privacy policy will be updated and changed in an ongoing manner. We will continue to post all changes to this policy here and recommend that you frequently revisit this page to familiarize yourself with such changes.

If you have any questions regarding our current privacy policy or suspect that any of your personally identifiable information was used in a manner that does not completely comply with this privacy policy, please contact us by e-mail, postal mail, or fax at the address listed in the PICPA Contact Address section in this privacy policy.

PICPA Contact Address

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ten Penn Center
1801 Market Street, Suite 2400
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 496-9272
Fax: (215) 496-9212
E-mail:info@picpa.org